My name is Katie. I am an academic and researcher in linguistics and health communication based in the UK, having recently completed my PhD degree at the University of East Anglia (UEA). My research focus is empathy and compassion in healthcare settings.

I was born in Japan. After studying linguistics at Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, I worked for a software company in Tokyo. Although I had always nurtured a childhood dream of living overseas, in my twenties I was far too busy with long hours of work, and the years went by rather quickly!

In 2013, I attended the renowned Institut Villa Pierrefeu in Montreux, Switzerland to study International Protocol. The year after that, I resumed my stay in Switzerland to study with them further. There, what fascinated me the most was a session on intercultural communication. I became more aware of miscommunication in intercultural settings and enhanced self-awareness of how we transfer verbal and nonverbal messages while incorporating social and cultural perspectives.

In 2015, I decided to start my full-time MA studies in applied linguistics and intercultural communication at UEA. The following year, integrating all of my experience with a new direction, I started to pursue Health Communication for my PhD studies. I use qualitative methodologies, Interactional Sociolinguistics, face theory and ethnography to look at real-life interactions between patients and physicians.

My blog, Kaya has been devoted to sharing my academic journey, thoughts on research, being an empath, and my recipes as well. I love cooking, baking and writing recipes.

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Best wishes,


27 September 2020